Louise Hay (October 8th 1926) is a pioneer in bringing into the public’s awareness the mind-body connection and how our thoughts literally create our experiences. She has made famous the use of affirmations in healing one’s life, demonstrating its power in pulling herself out of her impoverished upbringing to running a publishing empire. She is the founder of Hay House, a successful publishing company that focuses on books, CDs and conferences in the self- help field.
Her ascendant is in Leo, giving her the warmth, generosity and dignified bearing that she wears well. Her personality number is 1 which is the number that vibrates to the Sun. These two influences make her a generous and popular leader. The ruler Sun is placed in the third house of communications, broadcasting and publishing thus it makes sense that this is her life focus and passion.
Let us look at the MC and tenth house to analyze her career. First we notice that Chiron at 0 degrees Taurus is making a conjunction out of sign to the MC in Aries. Chiron is the wounded healer, with its proximity to the MC, it is apparent why she is now known as a spiritual healer. If we look at her 4th house, we find the moon is in its detriment Scorpio and also Saturn is placed there. Her birthday is on the 8th, the number vibrating to Saturn. Often people born on the 8th will have a childhood and adolescence with many challenges, obstacles and hardships. There is a struggle to find power within themselves to overcome these roadblocks to success. The Moon brings feelings of betrayal, violence, anger and unfairness in the home. Saturn is bringing excessive restrictions, burdens and a lack of material resources. The dispositor of both Moon and Saturn is Pluto in the 12th house. The 12th house represents grief, suffering, isolation and unfair circumstances. It is easy to understand astrologically why early on in life she lived in poverty and abuse. Her stepfather was violent within the home. She was raped by a neighbour at age 5. The sun makes a tight square to Pluto so it makes sense that as a child she experienced violence from males who were authority figures to her. When she was 15 she was pregnant and dropped out of high school. At 16, she gave her baby up for adoption. She then moved to Chicago and took a variety of low paying jobs. Her luck started to change when she moved to New York and became a high fashion model. This is fitting since she was born on Friday, the day of Venus which corresponds to fashion, beauty and modelling. While doing this she met a wealthy English man, Andrew Hay and got married. She said in You Can Heal Your Life (the movie) that he had taught her social skills and she travelled the world and met with many notable people. After 14 years of marriage, they got divorced when he left her for another woman.
A turning point in her life came when she found the First Church of Religious Science, where she was exposed to the idea that if you can change your thoughts, you can change your life. She read tons of books that discussed that idea even though she was never particularly interested in reading in school. She became a Religious Science practitioner and began helping people with affirmations to change their material circumstances and heal their bodies. In the late 70s she found that she had cancer and linked it with her inability to forgive others for her childhood circumstances. She did not want medical treatment and decided to choose forgiveness, therapy, nutrition, reflexology and occasional enemas to treat it. Her methods worked and her cancer was gone. Soon after she wrote down all the physical illnesses and their emotional causes such as anger, frustration and unwillingness to forgive in a pamphlet. This information got included in her first book You Can Heal Your Life which included affirmations for many areas of life including health, finances, family, relationships, prosperity, and career among others. She was working with groups of men with AIDS and from her living room she went to larger venues and her work caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue who invited her to their respective shows the same week. Her book hit the New York Times Bestseller list. In 1987, she founded Hay House publishing company which features books, CDs, calendars and other products by thought leaders in New Age and spirituality. Her expression number is 7 which is the number of the writer and publisher. She has since written many other books devoted to healing different areas of people’s lives. Thus the themes of Chiron are very evident in her public image, she was able to turn her wounds into wisdom and put it into practice in her own life. After she gained self-mastery she was able to help others put affirmations to effective use in their own life, becoming a powerful spiritual healer.
The sign Aries is on the cusp and the ruler Mars is placed in the 10th house. Her life path is 9, the number that vibrates to Mars. The number 9 adds the humanitarian side to her career, helping people who are experiencing difficulties regain their self- confidence and vitality. When the ruler of a house is placed in the house, it grants fortune in that area of life. Aries is the sign of the entrepreneur, someone who has bright ideas and seeks a new and better way to implement them. They take the lead and don’t wait for others to give them an opportunity, they create their own opportunities. She is a pioneer and entrepreneur in the self- help and New Age fields. Mars in the tenth house shows that her ambition, drive and energy are devoted to her career. Mars is in Taurus showing the solid persistence and determination and steady way in which she pursued her objectives. She has built a solid foundation for her success. The dispositor of Mars is Venus and Venus in the dispositor of the 10th house. Venus is placed in Libra in the 3rd house. This shows the connection between communications, broadcasting, publishing and her career and public image. Note that Venus is very comfortable in its own sign Libra and can express itself with full effectiveness. When the dispositor of a house is in its own sign or exalted it brings fortune to the house. Moreover, her soul urge number is 6 which vibrates to Venus. This has given her the desire to serve people through her writing by advising them how to change their mindset and by extension their reality.
Taking a look at her 3rd-9th house axis we find that Uranus is making a tight conjunction to the 9th house cusp. Uranus is the planet of pioneers, innovation, inventors, geniuses, future trends/ thinking and revolution. It is fitting that Louise was a pioneer in the mind-body connection by demonstrating that affirmations can change the circumstances of our life. Although the mind-body connection is widely accepted now, it was not in the 1970s when she first brought it to public awareness. She was a thinker far ahead of her time and revolutionized this idea. She founded Hay House, a publishing company that promotes many creative thinkers, some of whom seem to be ahead of their time.
Mercury, planet of communications is also the ruler of the third house of communications and is placed at 27 degrees Libra in the 4th house making an exact opposition to the MC. In fact this particular aspect is the closest major aspect in her natal chart so it is powerful. We see here another linkage of the third house and the tenth house. Any planet making a tight aspect to the MC will have a profound influence on the direction a person chooses to take in their career and will become intimately associated with their public image. In this case, she is an eloquent, thought provoking speaker and prolific, famous author. She travels the world educating people how to heal themselves with specifically worded affirmations using words to their best effect. She has also made a film about her life and appeared on television and radio numerous times.
The Moon makes an opposition to the MC out of sign. I often find that people who gain immense popularity with the public have the Moon connected with the MC. I think it is due to an intuitive understanding of what the public wants and a sensitivity to their needs. Louise has made a career out of teaching people to heal their negative emotions and change their life through the use of affirmations. The moon’s dispositor Pluto is in the 12th house. Earlier we saw that her upbringing was adversely affected both physically and emotionally because of the immense sorrow and losses the 12th house can bring. However, later in life the better part of the 12th house (spirituality, meditation, enlightenment, connecting with the divine) became more accessible to Louise. She was able to transform (Pluto) her emotions (Moon) through meditation and spiritual methods (12th house). Pluto in Cancer is tightly conjunct the fixed star Sirius. Sirius brings fame, honours, creative talents and riches. Since she was able to transform her emotions, she was able to heal herself and also heal others and by doing so she has received many accolades and honours. Since Pluto is conjunct her North Node we see that this was an important part of her destiny and she is fulfilling her karmic purpose and growing in the right ways by doing this.
Her second house cusp makes a conjunction to Neptune. Noteworthy here is Neptune’s three degree conjunction with Regulus. Regulus is a kingly star and bestows honour, wealth and fame, it is a great boon to have it connected with your house of earned income. The second house ruler is the Sun and the Sun is placed in the third house of communications meaning that she will likely earn her money by public speaking, writing or broadcasting. The sun in Libra shows how her tact, diplomacy and excellent social skills helped her excel in a profession that demands these qualities. She is not aggressive in promoting herself, often stating that she is a teacher, not a salesman and people come to her for help. She does not feel she needs to convert everyone, including skeptics to her side.